As reported by Censor.NET, NABU press-service said in a statement that the SBU member received $47,500 from intermediaries for not bringing to account certain individuals who sought to illegally obtain permanent or temporary residence permit in Ukraine. The investigators believe that the detainee was aware of a number of foreigners who received a residence permit in Ukraine through contracting of sham marriages with Ukrainian citizens. Access to such information provided opportunities for blackmail and extortion.
The bribe was transferred to the corrupt SBU officer in two stages. He was detained while receiving the second part in the amount of $36,000. NABU detectives also believe that the detainee could have been a member of a crime ring.
During a search in the suspect’s car, the law enforcers found and seized cash (received as a bribe), documents critical for criminal investigation, cartridges, and presumably a narcotic substance.
The SBU member and a person who mediated the transfer of the bribe were detained under article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.
Spokeswoman for the SBU Olena Hitlianska later wrote on social media that NABU has full cooperation of the SBU regarding the agency member caught while receiving a bribe.
According to Hitlianska, the SBU started cleansing its ranks ‘from traitors and corrupt employees’ in June 2015.
"We have initiated 89 criminal cases against agency members over three years. 26 of them have already been referred to courts while verdicts have been passed in 21 of them," she said adding that the SBU is keen to cleanse its ranks as soon as possible.